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Individual Activities

Faculty members are pre-paid to attend Scheduled Flex Week Events or complete Individual Activities. Forms must be submitted on time to avoid a pay dock. For Individual Activities:

Submit the Completed Individual Activity Form after you have finished your activity.

Faculty may seek pre-approval for any individual activity by submitting the Individual Activity Proposal.  Once the activity is approved, then the Completed Indiviudal Activity form must be submitted to receive professional development credit.

The Professional Development timeline begins the week prior to the start of each semester--the first day of Flex week.

Full Time Faculty Time Frame

  • July 1 to week 12 of spring semester, excluding spring break.

Adjunct Faculty Time Frame

  • FALL: July 1 to the 12th week of class. 
  • SPRING: January Flex Week to week 12 of spring semester, excluding spring break.  
  • Note: You may "roll-over" excess hours from Fall to Spring semesters, (within the same academic year).  If a part-time faculty member chooses to engage in professional development activities earlier than flex week, and if her/his teaching load is subsequently reduced, she/he is not entitled to be compensated for the extra hours.


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Shared governance (committees)
  • Part-time faculty can get up to 2 hours per semester for serving on a Cuyamaca committee.
  • Chair a campus committee for up to 5 hours of flex credit per semester (unless you are getting release time).
Equity and Diversity

The college has funding for equity-related professional development.  Please check the Funds page for details and proposal form.

  • Part-time faculty can get hours for working on SLOs or SLO assessment - just submit a completed activity form. Document your work with a TracDat report or email from your department chair.
  • Department SLO training can be used for Professional Development.
Instructional Technology
  • Meet with Rhonda Bauerlein to work on instructional design and technology issues for up to 5 hours per semester.
  • Completion of Rhonda Bauerlein's Introduction to Canvas course is 20 hours of Professional Development credit. 
  • offers thousands of high quality online videos in education, design, web development, CAD, photography, audio, video, and business (including MS Office, Windows, iPad/iPhone, and more). The Professional Learning Network, supported by the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI), is now providing unlimited access to for all California Community College employees at no cost. To create a profile, navigate to the Learn Academy of the Professional Learning Network.  Next, login or register (if you are a first-time user), then click on the link for  Please note that if you have been a previous user of and would like to transfer your previous training history, playlists, and bookmarks, you must select "yes" when asked, "Are you a current or former member of In selecting yes, it will prompt you to type in your old username and password. Once you have completed a module, email the certificate Donna Hajj. For your convenience, see Cuyamaca's Professional Development Playlist or's Professional Development Playlist for teacher-oriented topics.
  • @ONE online training helps California Community College faculty and staff use technology to enhance student learning and success. Programs include Desktop Seminars, Online Courses and more. For all four-week courses, faculty will receive 20 hours of professional development credit.  Completion of the 12-week OTCP will receive 40 hours of PD credit.  Please email the certificate of Donna Hajj.
  • 3Cmediatraining - Faculty can place their online videos and other material in a free 3C Media Solutions account.  This recorded webinar, "Easily Store Share your Media (and other) Files with 3C Media Solutions," shows faculty on how to do this. Also includes information about easy and free captioning services available through 3C Media. Earn 1 hour of flex credit for viewing this recorded webinar.
  • Professional Learning Network - the California Community College Chancellor's office created this virtual professional development resource center. All California community college employees are able to create an account using their campus email address. This site has resources for effective practices, and thousands of short videos on subjects such as MS Office, Email Efficiency at Work, Productivity, and Stress Management.  It is also where you go to set up your account. 
  • Build a Library Research Web Site or consult with a librarian for collection development or research related to your course. To set up an appointment, email
  • The Copyright Case We've Been Waiting For: Key Lessons & Policy. This Magna Seminar on Copyright provides key lessons and information on fair use. This seminar, with accompanying PowerPoint Slides, can be viewed from a computer disk available for check-out from the Cuyamaca College Library for faculty. (1 hour)
Teaching and learning & subject area expertise
  • If you have taught at Cuyamaca for at least 4 years, you can get up to 5 hours per semester for mentoring another teacher. If it is your first semester at Cuyamaca or your first semester teaching online, you can also get up to 5 hours for working with a mentor.
  • Observe a fellow Cuyamaca College teacher (arrange dates in advance). Submit your Completed Activity form with a brief summary of what you learned.
  • Take a class related to your teaching area for up to 20 hours of flex credit per coruse. Note that you may not get flex credit and salary advancement for the same class.
  • Attend a conference about education or related to your teaching area for up to 8 hours per day of credit. Note that you may not get flex credit during a regular teaching day if you are missing class to attend.
  • Attend a Diversity Dialogue Each semester, the Office of Student Affairs hosts a Diversity Dialogue Program.  Attend any Diversity Dialog and receive 1 hour of flex credit per workshop.
  • Watch online video related to teaching or your subject area. For credit, submit a Completed Activity form with the URLs (web addresses) and a few sentences describing what you learned. Here are a few sources:

Your application will be reviewed by faculty members on the Professional Development Committee. If you wish to appeal, contact the Professional Development office and the committee will consult with your dean and review the decision. Here are the criteria that guide the committee's decisions:

  • The activity must meet the state guidelines (improves teaching, maintains current academic and technical knowledge and skills, etc.).
  • The hours requested are reasonable.
  • Completion of the activity can be documented (e.g. receipt, program, agenda) and/or the teacher can clearly explain how the activity is relevant to his or her professional development in a brief summary submitted with the completed activity form.
  • Activities like museum visits, site visits, cultural arts activities, and Exercise Science classes are limited to 5 flex hours per semester. More hours may be approved by the committee when the activity is particularly relevant to the discipline (pre-approval strongly recommended).
  • The activity is not part of normal job responsibilities and is not already compensated, including regular instructional and office hours, regular department meetings held at any time during the semester other than Professional Development Week, standing committee meetings (including hiring committee meetings), classroom preparation time (syllabus preparation, ongoing web page development, preparation of instructional materials, gathering resources, etc.), Chair/Coordinator responsibilities, including those that occur during Professional Development Week (reassignment as a Chair/Coordinator is part of a full-time faculty load), activities occurring during paid work hours, and activities used for salary advancement.

This Process and Criteria statement was approved by the Academic Senate February 2011.


In order to ensure that we are directly supporting professional development for the college's identified "big bets" (accelerated basic skills, clear student pathways, and student engagement/validation), we have identified several conferences that are pre-approved for funding consideration.  Limited funds are available through the general and Equity budgets. There is no guarantee that all requests will be approved.  Please note that approval from the Professional Development Committee does not indicate approval to travel.  Once the PDC notifies you of approval for travel, your off-campus request will be routed back through your dean’s office for approval. As normal, you may not book travel until you have received official approval to travel from the Business Office.

Last Updated: 04/27/2017
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